Hisense TV's are getting Amazon's Alexa

05 January, 2018, 12:03 | Author: Devin Moran
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Hisense will be showing their new 4K Smart TV lineup at CES 2018 in Las Vegas from January 9 till January 12. And while Apple and Google already have automotive solutions in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, respectively, perhaps we'll see a bigger push for wireless support or even full dashboard integration-that isn't dependent on a phone-to make voice control even easier.

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP) found that Amazon Prime members spend 27% more than average, and Amazon Echo owners spend 66% more than average. "Amazon has hinted in the past that it will launch a paid search ad product for Alexa, but sources said that the latest talks show the e-commerce giant is preparing to make a serious run at the ad market as early as this year".

Another report from VoiceLabs published in January a year ago also ranks Alexa as the leading voice AI in terms of market share.

Do you really need a desk lamp or refrigerator that's always listening for voice commands? That means manufacturers can begin building the commands into their products. Amazon announced today that it's adding microwave and oven control features to its smart assistant, allowing it to handle requests like "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high". For third-party hardware makers, the challenge this year will be to find the use cases that actually stick. "Consumer acceptance of the smart speaker has been positive overall, despite a few shortcomings", said Canalys Analyst Vincent Thielke.

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Hisense TV's are getting Amazon's Alexa

GateHouse Media, the owner of the Herald-Tribune, has joined with Amazon to add the news reading skill to Amazon's Echo, Echo Tap and Echo Dot, as well as the Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets.

Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API - Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.Cooking.PresetController. Expect something similar from Google Assistant, which at the moment only supports voice transactions for physical goods and services.

More consumers will be using voice in the home to get things done.


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